Movies next for Mazina
Kapi-Mana News caught up with the selfdescribed proud Porirua property magnate.
Not content with just running her property business or coffee shop, Mazina Jalal is also training to become a pilot and producing a movie about her life.
What’s your favourite place in Porirua?
The East. This is the hub and the local shops are the best and cleanest shops.
There is so much talent up here among the young people and it’s friendly which is why I love doing the activities for the community.
I’ve been sponsoring sports for 20 years, but now I have my own team. If it wasn’t for the people of Porirua I wouldn’t have made what I have got. They’ve been good to me
How long have you lived in Porirua for?
I’ve been here for 26 years - 231⁄ years in the Four Square and Lotto, and the coffee shop for nearly two years. The Four Square was too busy and too stressful so I wanted something a bit more simple, which is why I opened the coffee shop. I’m now opening a hair salon.
What are the changes you’ve seen in the area?
I’ve seen kids having kids - they come back as adults asking if I remember them. The attitude has changed and people are better. There’s many people that have been to university. I have my finger on the pulse here - I have that Oprah Winfrey touch.
What do you do when you’re not at the shop?
I’m always busy and I don’t sleep. I’m always thinking of the next community programme I can do. I have a movie to be released early next year, it’s called Sherni - which means Lioness. It’s about my struggles and my niece plays me.
The movie was made by local Porirua talent who don’t have jobs. The Film Commission is going to meet with me next year and help me finish it and get it done.
I funded the movie, nobody got paid, just with petrol vouchers and food.
I want to be the next Peter Jackson - I’d like a mini film studio here in Porirua East and create 20 jobs.
I’m also training to be a pilot. I’ve been doing it since September and I love it. I’m the only woman training in Kapiti right now and I’ve done 18 flights. I fly in an aerobatic plane and love the feeling of being high in the sky. It’s not as high as the commercial planes but it’s high enough.
If you could choose three people to invite to dinner who would it be?
My other half Jerry who’s a fireman and Kirsty who runs my shop - she’s my right hand man and we’re like sisters.
How do you relax?
I don’t sleep. I have a rental and property business of residential houses and shops.
I study for my pilot’s licence and read about making movies.